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Dr. Michael Douma

Roop, Room G14
Office phone: 540-568-3487
MSC 2001
58 Bluestone Drive
Harrisonburg, VA 22807


2011    Ph.D.,Florida State University     History

2006    M.A., Florida State University    History

2004    B.A. Hope College   History, Philosophy, Dutch

 Fields and Specialties

 American history (ethnicity and migration, folk culture, historic preservation); Netherlands and Dutch World (South Africa, Suriname).

 Teaching areas

U.S. History, Folk Culture, Historic Preservation

 Research interests

Dutch Americans, slavery in Suriname, vernacular architecture.

 Selected recent publications


2014 How Dutch Americans stayed Dutch: An Historical Prespective on Ethinic Change. (Univeristy of Amsterdam Press) [under contract and forthcoming]

 2014 Colonization, Emigration, Emancipation and the American Civil

War: Volume 3: Dutch Suriname (London: Pickering and Chatto). [edited, translated primary source collection/ contracted and forthcoming]

2005 Veneklasen Brick: A Family, an Industry, and a Unique Nineteenth

Century Dutch Architectural Movement in Michigan (Grand Rapids, MI:


 Peer-Reviewed Articles

 2014     “Tulip Time and the Invention of a New Dutch American

Identity,” American Studies 53.1 (January/ February) [forthcoming]

 Reaction to the Anglo-Boer War 1899-1902,” South African Historical Journal [Sept./Oct.]

2012 “A Black Dutchman and the Racial Discourse of the Dutch in

America, 1850-1920,” Dutch Crossing: Journal of Low Countries Studies

36.2: 143-57.

 2010 "Imagining a New Identity: The Dutch American Immigrant

Community, 1845-1875," Tijdschrift voor Sociale en Economische Geschiedenis [Journal of Social and Economic History] 7.2: 32-55.

 2010 "Memory and the Myth of Van Raalte: How Holland, Michigan,

Remembers its Founding Father," Michigan Historical Review 36.2:


Other Recent Academic Publications

 2013 “Holland’s Plan for America’s Slaves,” New York Times [online], 11 July.

 2013 “Hoe verder zonder slaven? Het kolonisatie project van

Amerikaanse vrijgelaten slaven op de Surinaame plantages, 1862-1866,”

Geschiedenis Magazine 4: 14-19.